DURHAM, N.C. – One again, Duke University women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks is the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Coach of the Year, after leading the Blue Devils to their seventh NCAA Championship last week at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. The announcement was made Friday morning live on the Golf Channel.
Brooks receives his sixth Division I Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year honor with the other selections coming in 2014, 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1999.
Recently completing his 35th campaign with the Blue Devils, Brooks has led Duke to seven NCAA Championships over the last 21 years. Duke placed second in the stroke play portion of the event in Arkansas and then knocked off Stanford (3-2), Arizona (3-2) and Wake Forest (3-2) in match play. Brooks has guided Duke to NCAA titles in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2019. He became the first men’s or women’s head coach to lead a squad to a NCAA title in stroke and match play.
The Blue Devils placed sixth or higher in every tournament they played in, including wins at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational and Landfall Tradition. In the former, Duke posted a 17-under-par score of 271 in the first round, which was the second-lowest round in Tar Heel Invite history. The program boasted four WGCA All-Americas, and featured five golfers in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which was tied for the most from any school.
His seven NCAA Championships is the most by a women’s golf head coach with the next closest being Linda Vollstedt of Arizona State with five. Brooks now owns 136 career tournament victories, which continues to be a NCAA Division I record. As a team, Duke was ranked No. 1 during the spring season to mark the 11th time over the last 19 seasons the Blue Devils have been listed No. 1 nationally.
Brooks’ six selections are the most by the WGCA with the next closest being Andrea Gaston (3) and Vollstedt (3).